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Sharing Our Faith

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”
– Matthew 28:19

Pope Francis’ joy and authenticity evokes great enthusiasm and deep curiosity about our Catholic faith – among those of us in the parish as well among non-Catholics. The sign of one who is in love with Jesus is that he or she wants others to know him too. Fostering opportunities to encounter Jesus, to respond to his love, to support one another in following him, and sharing the Good News of Jesus is the Christian mission.

Discernment Session Recommendations:

Promote and provide infrastructure for small faith communities to keep people connected to the Church

In the rush of the modern world, opportunities to form meaningful relationships in the context of faith are too few. Parishioners may live great distances from the local parish and one another. Small faith communities nurture relationships, facilitate encounters with Jesus, and foster discipleship.

Use new technology and social media to keep the Church up to date and present in the lives of Catholics

Modern technology erases distance and other barriers to our common goal of sharing the message of Jesus. Social media can connect communities and allow for all kinds of exchange – creating a digital excitement capable of spiritual growth and renewal that’s accessible to everyone everywhere.

Foster whole family programs to keep parishioners centered on the parish

Family life is dynamic, complex, changing, and very diverse. Consider the family of one as well as the family that includes grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. Helping to form families that are parish-focused first requires listening to them, loving them, and discerning their needs.

Develop more formal outreach programs for groups who feel disenfranchised from the Catholic Church.

Jesus said the greatest commandments are: to love the Lord your God and to love your neighbor as yourself (Mtt. 22:36-39). As the greatest commandments, our greatest concern must be for those who do not feel the Church cares about them, who do not feel welcome or accepted in our parish(es).

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